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UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN - MADISON
DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY
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GRADUATE PROGRAM
Developmental Psychopathology Faculty Avshalom Caspi and Terrie Moffitt
Avshalom Caspi and Terrie Moffitt run the Developmental Program on Personality and sychopathology. This program includes three longitudinal studies: Dunedin Multidisciplinary Health and Development Study which follows 1000 males and females from birth to age 26 in New Zealand, Pittsburgh Youth Study follows 1500 males from first grade to age 25 in urban USA, E-risk Study follows 1100 male and female twin pairs from birth to age 7 in England and Wales.

The research approach they use involves studying the natural history of development of abnormal behaviours.

Related courses: none at the moment, on leave until 2001.



Christopher Coe
Christopher Coe is the Director of the Harlow Primate Laboratory, is a psychoneuroimmunologist interested in brain damage (e.g., cerebral palsy), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) related to childhood sexual abuse, and the relationship between the nervous and immune systems during development.

The research methods Chris utilizes has been to investigate how perturbations during early rearing impact the normal maturation of immunity and the set points at which immune responses become established.

Related courses: Proseminar in Biological Psychology, Psychobiology of Stress and Coping


Lyn Abramson
Lyn Abramson is interested in developmental approaches to understanding vulnerability and invulnerability to depression. Lyn specializes in cognitive/interpersonal research methods involving both clinical and community samples.

Related courses: Theory, Research, and Therapy of Depression


Hill Goldsmith
Hill Goldsmith studies young children at risk because of extreme temperaments, a range of internalizing and externalizing problems his research methods include temperament risk factors, behavioral genetics, family risk factors.

Related courses: Emotion core course, Personality and Social Development(Infancy & Childhood)
Laboratory Web Site: UW Twin Center


Seth Pollak
Seth Pollak studies children at risk for the development of psychopathology including children who have experienced abuse or neglect, those with developmental disabilities, and offspring of parents with major mental illnesses.

Seth's primary research methods include developmental neuropsychology and psychophysiological approaches.

Related courses: Developmental Psychopathology, Experimental Psychopathology (Behavioral Disorders of Childhood)
Laboratory Web Site: Child-Emotion Research Laboratory


Diane Gooding
Diane Gooding is particularly interested in understanding vulnerability and protective factors that moderate risk for the development of schizophrenia and schizophrenia-spectrum disorders.

Her main research methods include psychophysiological and neurocognitive approaches.

Related courses: Experimental Psychopathology (Psychotic Disorders)


Carol Ryff
Carol Ryff who also serves as the Director of the UW Institute on Aging, is interested in psychological well-being across the life-span. She focuses upon how life experiences influence mental and physical health in later adult life.

Carol's main research approaches include natural history, survey, and biomedical methods.

Related courses: Psychological Well-Being and Prevention, Personality and Social Development Through the Life-Span.


Richard Davidson
Richard Davidson studies mood and anxiety disorders in children and adults as well as mechanisms of affective regulation.

The main approach adopted in the Davidson lab is derived from affective neuroscience.

Related courses: Biological Approaches to Psychopathology, Psychophysiology, Emotion
Laboratory Web Site:Laboratory for Affective Neuroscience
 
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